Porthcawl Regeneration – Seaside News, August 2012

Carwyn Jones Am at the Bridgend Coast Path opening in Porthcawl
Carwyn Jones AM at the Bridgend Coast Path opening in Porthcawl
In last month’s Seaside News, Cllr David Sage provided an update on the Porthcawl Marina regeneration and this work is now due to start. However, the news that a major retailer has withdrawn plans for a Porthcawl site has inevitably altered the direction of the anticipated regeneration of Porthcawl Town Centre. Although this means that new funding sources must be found, there is scope for creating a vision of Porthcawl regeneration that meets local needs and aspirations and provides a theme which the town can unite around.

Regeneration for Porthcawl should enable tourism, boost local businesses and the local economy, and create a strong sense of community all year round, not just in peak season. The internationally renowned Elvis and Celtic festivals proves that with creativity and ambition, resorts can boost trade in off peak season. Porthcawl regeneration shouldn’t just aim to attract tourists from further afield but should also create an atmosphere that brings regular visitors from across South Wales. Porthcawl has many assets that can be enhanced and made more accessible, and I would be interested to know your views on how we can embrace the opportunity to create a more vibrant and diverse town centre for Porthcawl.